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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 17, 2011 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

This is shocking of you! They played Hurts Me Too several times in their Northwest '68 tour, that you've heard so many times! Never mind all the '66 and '67 versions....

Anyway, 2/21/71 for me has the best Wharf Rat of the run:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-02-21.sbd.cantor-crouch-diebert-gmb.87134.sbeok.flac16
2/23/71 is also pretty solid, with the first medley of Truckin>drums>Other One>Wharf Rat:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-02-23.sbd.miller.110353.flac16

And BTW, AltheaRose...2/18/71 didn't have the first Johnny B Goode. The first Dead version was 1/22/71 - but Weir had played it with Hot Tuna after the Dead's show on 12/31/70, and Garcia had ALSO played it with them on 9/7/69.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 17, 2011 2:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

I know it! Years ago when I first reviewed these shows I made this very same mistake and still have not gone back to correct it. Personally, I have a big soft spot for the uber mellow performance on 2/20/71...

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Feb 17, 2011 11:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

And there it is, thanks to Light Into Ashes - the previous "Hurts Me Too", was on 1/22/71. And I agree with your opinion of "Wharf Rat" on 2/21/71. Sure is tasty. I always have a soft spot for the first version of almost anything, just because I can see how well they usually had practiced it before bringing something out, and then of course how songs develop and improve through time. Nice to listen to the first few performances of so many great songs as they opened up that can of worms in Portchester.

I remember a forum discussion not too long ago about (late 69 - early 70??) when so many of the Workingman's Dead songs were broken out. Makes me think has it ever been discussed - when were the most number of new songs performed in any one run of shows (or single show) ? Maybe that's another discussion? I haven't started up a new discussion on the forum yet, just kind of chiming in here and there. Is this my big break? I could almost wager someone has discussed it all before and not an original idea at all. Haven't spent time trying to learn the searching functions on the forum yet.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 18, 2011 5:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

Here's the one you want:

http://www.archive.org/post/264127/first-performances-of-dead-songs

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Poster: snori Date: Feb 18, 2011 6:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

'Garcia' (1st solo album) was released in January that year, and 'Ace' appeared in March, so this run was the perfect time to bring those new songs out of the studio and into the live shows. I now have a spare copy of 18/2 at work so I can dip into it without waiting to get home.

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Feb 18, 2011 6:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Capitol Music: TDIH (or it will be), 2/18/71

Thank you very much Tell, that'll do fine. I think that must have been just what I was thinking of, or maybe not, could have been the liner notes in a Road Trips. But it sure is a great list from LIA and a great way to sum up the way I feel - here's an excerpt of what Light Into Ashes wrote :

"Since Dead songs often took years to reach their full potential, it's rare to find a studio version that's the "standard" for a song. Early versions are usually rather bare and rough-edged, which makes them interesting to hear since our ears tend to fill in what's missing."

What I had in mind was the June '69 - Dire Wolf, High Time, Casey Jones, and Nov-Dec '69 - Uncle John's Band, Cumberland Blues, Black Peter and New Speedway Boogie - breakouts of all those songs. 10/19/71, (inspiration with new piano player, Kieth) and 2/9/73 (one of my friends would have probably called that "the show of all shows!!") are probably the most notable shows with new songs, and a winning favorite 2/26/77. It's all there in the post and much, much more. Cheers!